Meet the âTop of The Clashâ
Clash Masters Julie Anne San Jose and Rayver Cruz (sixth and seventh from left, respectively) with the 12 finalists Al Fritz, Aljon Gutierrez, Antonette Tismo, Clark Serafin, Janina Gonzales, Jeniffer Maravilla, Jeremiah Tiangco, Lorraine Galvez, Nef Medina, Sassa Dagdag, Thea Astley and Tombi Romulo
Meet the ‘Top of The Clash’
Honey Orio-Escullar (The Philippine Star) - November 16, 2019 - 12:00am

If you think you’ve already seen the most intense musical face-offs in the second season of The Clash after a series of dramatic eliminations and surprising twists, then think again. The Clash Panel — composed of Lani Misalucha, Christian Bautista and Ai-Ai delas Alas — said that there’s a lot to look forward to in the musical showdown that gets fiercer as the competition progresses.

From the original 64 contenders, only 12 of them successfully made it to the “Top of the Clash,” all set to prove that they are worthy of their seats. They are Al Fritz (Cavite); Aljon Gutierrez (Oriental Mindoro); Antonette Tismo (Parañaque); Clark Serafin (Cebu); Janina Gonzales (Parañaque); Jeniffer Maravilla (Malabon); Jeremiah Tiangco (Cavite); Lorraine Galvez (La Union); Nef Medina (Cavite); Sassa Dagdag (Pampanga); Thea Astley (Qatar); and Tombi Romulo (Cavite).

“It’s actually very exciting because now that the competition is becoming more intense, even viewers are having a hard time choosing among the Clashers,” said Lani. “All of them are very determined to win and they have what it takes, we can see that. So we’re looking forward to seeing a lot more from them.”

Christian shared, “We’ve got a good set of Top 12 Finalists. All of them are very talented and we’ve seen them give outstanding performances, but at the end of the day, this is a competition and they have to show us more to make it all the way to the end.”

Ai-Ai, meanwhile, said this is the beginning of their “real” fight.

“The show is going to be more exciting dahil eto na ‘yung totoong laban. Habang kumokonti sila, dapat mas ibigay pa nila ‘yung best nila. Tsaka marami pa silang twists na aabangan, pati mga viewers natin, kaya ‘wag silang bibitaw sa The Clash.”

For their part as the Clash Masters, Rayver Cruz and Julie Anne San Jose also feel the intensity of the competition, especially during eliminations. They can’t help but feel sad whenever a contestant is eliminated.

“It happens many times….because we can’t help but be emotional, too,” agreed Julie Anne and Rayver.

“We also feel their emotions in their performances kaya ’pag may hindi nakakapasok sa isang round nalulungkot din kami kasi alam namin kung gaano nila kagusto yun,” Rayver added.

Julie Anne and Rayver both feel lucky to be part of the show as they are able to see fresh and promising talents before their very eyes.

Julie Anne said, “Ibang klaseng pakiramdam kasi lahat sila magagaling. I just want to say that I’m very proud of them because they keep getting better and better. And they have a lot to offer.”

(Hosted by Rita Daniela and Ken Chan, and directed by Louie Ignacio, The Clash Season 2 airs Saturday nights after Daddy’s Gurl and Sundays after Daig Kayo Ng Lola Ko on GMA 7.)

The Clash Panel (from left) Christian Bautista, Ai-Ai delas Alas and Lani Misalucha


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